CBL Blog Post 7: Community Forum
Posted By Judah
This Thursday (May 17) our group participated in a Community Forum. At the Community Forum, we used a poster we made to present our idea to our local community and parents of our grade in school. We presented a prototype of our app, and explained problem, solution, and how and why we decided this to be our project. We prepared by having one of our group members create a list of talking points, as well as having a faculty of adults come in and give us feedback on a practice presentation we made.
We learned about public speaking when making this presentation, as well as how there are so many people who are completely clueless regarding the subject. So many people we met were confused about the topic of preparation, and when they took our survey on our app, almost everyone said that they were not prepared for natural disasters. We also learned how so many people are unprepared for natural disasters for the one reason of being too lazy to prepare. We want to change this by motivating people to prepare for natural disasters.
This was an incredible and valuable experience for our group, as we learned about so many people in our community, and how this app was essential to ensuring their safety.
Blog post 6: Implementing Our Solution
Posted by Julian
Our final product is creating an app that will help people prepare for disasters. This app will have instructions on how to prepare for a disaster, and a mini test to see if you are prepared. First, we conducted a survey asking people some of the questions that were asked on our application. We got mostly “yes” as a response. To follow, we sent a prototype of our app to the whole seventh grade at our school. The reason we sent a survey out first was because we needed to edit the app and make sure everything was okay, but the group member in charge of the app was not at school that day, so we sent out a survey for the time being. Our solution will impact this community by not only teaching them how to prepare, but motivating them to do so.
On the bottom of the page are images of our data conducted during the survey.
Our data taught us that a large portion of people are willing to prepare for natural disasters, but not enough. We need to think of new ways to motivate people to prepare for natural disasters. We could have somehow implemented a “reward system” into our app that essentially will give people certain perks for evidence of their preparation. We wanted to do this, but couldn’t figure out how, and were rushed on time. Overall, our group believes our solution has been and will continue to be a success, because we are changing society for the better.
Posted by Maxwell
Our group’s main jump in solution development progress was ditching our old solution and bringing in a new idea. Instead of following through with listing points for disaster preparation on coffee sleeves, we came up with an idea for an app. A main difficulty we have had with ditching our old idea is all agreeing on a new solution. With our first proposal of the app idea, we had a 3-1 vote on whether we would consider using the solution. The issue was how one of our group members wasn’t into some of the aspects of the app and some of the details. We came up with a way to solve this issue by implementing several aspects into the app that our group member suggested. This way, we would all have something added into the app we liked and agreed with. Overall, in our solution development, we have overcome and solved a main issue with our group and our solution development.
We met with a staff member at our school who suggested two app-building websites. One was Bubble.is, and the other was Appforge.com. We are checking out Bubble right now, so we believe that we will stick with Bubble. Overall, we have made lots of progress, while solving difficulties within our group.
Blog Post 3: Revising and Finalizing our Problem
Posted by Judah
Over the past week, our group has been changing and revising many parts of our project, including our solution and our problem. After thought and careful group discussions, we have come to the decision that our finalized problem will be that people do not know how to prepare for disasters. We came to this decision by doing online research, as well as interviewing others from our community. This happens because people are afraid, so they pretend that the disaster will never happen, so they never learn how to prepare.
Our group also brainstormed solutions. We had many ideas, but one stood out to us. That was the idea of custom printing coffee cup sleeves with instructions on how to prepare for disasters and why it is important to prepare. We received feedback on this, only to realize that this was a very informational solution, and we do not want that. I came up with the idea of having people visit the store, get their instructions, and if they prepare for the disaster and return to the store with photo evidence of their preparation, they would receive a discounted coffee. We would pay the coffee company for the money lost when giving discounts. This would only be for a week or so. Like other solutions, people are spreading the word about importance of preparation using similiar methods of spreading the word, but we could not find any solution exactly like ours.
We are not for sure of our solution, but one thing is certain: our group has made a ton of progress in the past week.
Blog Post #4: Receiving Feedback and Revising
Posted by Julian-
This week our group presented a new solution to a group of faculty adults. The feedback we received during each section was very thorough and will contribute to future solution revision. After presenting a new idea of an iOS/Android application that rewards people for preparing for natural disasters, we got lots of feedback that will help us further move along with our project. For starters, we received lots of positive feedback about our idea, with small suggestions. We are and will continue to modify our solution.
One suggestion that stood out to our group was that we need to consider what aspects of our solution we can and cannot do, for example our idea would include a chat box in our app for emergency communication, as well as location sharing, but we were told and further realized these may #1 may not be necessary, or #2, may be extremely difficult to implement. We were also told to narrow down certain ideas, while breaking down larger, broader ideas, and sticking to one main core idea: Rewarding those who prepare. Adults also brought to our attention the issue of people lying just to get rewards, and right now we are thinking, “If they lie, then that is their loss, as this may just be the best chance of survival for when a disaster hits”, but we will ponder this, and if a better idea comes up, there is no doubt that we will use that new idea.
Our new solution is to create an app that rewards those who prepare for disasters (by setting up kits, finding emergency contact info) with special gift cards, for certain grocery stores, online shops, and more! We are still working out some of the kinks, but in the end this is a good start for a solution! Our solution can change the lives of many by motivating them to prepare! Imagine taking just a few hours out of your day just to help increase your odds of survival, and get rewarded for it!
For our new solution, we hope to see numbers high up, meaning we would like to see a lot of human involvement with our app. We will be closely monitoring our data after launch of our app, to make sure that things are running smoothly. Our slogan really says it all: Get rewards in trade for survival!
People giving feedback: http://www.mccullaghcoaching.co.nz/giving-receiving-feedback/
Building an app: http://www.up-my-app.com/beginners-guide-making-app/
CBL: Narrowing down our idea
Posted by Maxwell
Since our last blog post, our group has made a ton of progress on our project. We have narrowed down our topic, as well as done more research towards our topic. We have narrowed down our topic to lack of preparation, and why people are not prepared for disasters. Too many people are unprepared. Research shows that just under half of the population are unprepared for disasters. When our group did online research, we learned that over 40% of Americans are not prepared for natural disasters, meaning they do not have emergency kits, contact information, or emergency meeting places. Let’s say a major earthquakes hits the whole U.S. with a high magnitude, 40% of all the people living in the U.S. will be unprepared. Their homes could be destroyed, their food supply could run out, numerous negative things could happen, and there would be no way to predict this, or reverse it. This is why we want to help
Our group attempted to call the American Red Cross first. We thought it would be best to call their organization because they not only focus on disaster relief, but also preparation, which is our main problem we are dealing with. We attempted several times to call the organization, but in each try we were given a wait time for a few minutes. After our wait time was finished, we were told to either wait for a longer duration of time or call another number that we were directed to. We figured that this was most likely because the Red Cross is a large organization. Our calls would not be answered without a wait time, and if anyone was to answer the phone, we would not have gotten a true or genuine response because someone who was hired would answer. Overall from this call attempt, we learned that it would be best to not call large organizations due to wait times and the varieties of answers that we may get.
Our project is important because many people have been affected by disaster. All they have to do is spend 1 hour of their life to gather documents and supplies to prevent a deadly disaster. Our group has dicovered that 40 percent of the U.S. population is not prepared for disasters. These horrific disasters can happen at anytime and we need to be prepared. Many lives could have been saved in the past years if we just prepared for the disasters.
Posted by Chloe.
Our group consists of four members. The four members are Maxwell, Julian, Judah, and Chloe. We had the option of researching disaster resilience, or how to make a difference with the problem of waste. Our group decided on doing disaster resilience. We all felt more connected to making a difference to disaster resilience, more than the issue of waste. We are still thinking about what kind of disaster we want to focus on (i.e. earthquakes, wildfires).
We felt compelled to do this topic because many lives have been lost in many Natural Disaster situations. People need to be prepared for these deadly scenarios. They need to be aware. We chose this topic over waste because waste affects many things but it can’t kill you, and if you are effected by a natural disaster you can die. Also, natural disasters can hit at any point in time, and most of the time cannot be predicted in advance. We also felt compelled to this topic because some of our group members have been in the same situation others have when being affected by natural disasters, and also that natural disasters can happen at random times.
Our group is narrowing down to preparation, more specifically what people can do to prepare, whether it be having emergency communication plans or preparing a disaster kit. Our group came to agreement on this decision by each independently doing research on the topic of preparation, and found out that very few people are actually prepared for when a disaster hits. This subtopic interests us because we felt that because few people know how to prepare for a disaster, we want to not only learn for ourselves, but help educate others in the process and teach them what to do so they will be ready when a real disaster comes. In other words, we are interested in this topic because overall, this topic has not been given a lot of focus or thought. Another reason we chose this topic is because this is relatable, as a huge reason for lack of preparation is one being too busy with their lives to prepare for natural disasters.
Judah, Maxwell, Chloe, & Julian are the authors.